A new Bounty Mode for DayZ will allow players to earn real money from in-game kills as part of a new gambling system.
Members of the Bounty community will be able to purchase packages containing a certain number of lives and basic gear for $5, $10, $15, or $20 for use on Bounty servers. Taking out zombies, bandits, and other survivors will earn you cash for each kill. Zombies will net you $0.10 a kill, survivors $0.05, bandits for $0.25, and The Outlaw (the bandit with the most kills) will net you $5.00 with his price going up by $0.25 for each hour of in-game time that he is alive.
“We started a kind of hero clan, ‘Super Hero Medic Squad’,” DayZ Bounty creator Jake Stewart told PC Gamer. “All we did was try and help people.”
“One night, we got drunk and started messing around, and I was like, ‘Screw it. I’m bored. I’m tired of helping people. I’m going rogue.’ We all started killing each other.”
This quickly led to bets being placed on kills, and so Bounty Mode was born. “I’ll give you five dollars if you can take me out, and all of a sudden, I thought: this is a fun way to play. This’d be great if we had a whole community of people that were doing the same type of thing.” he explained. “James [Ortiz] and I had talked about maybe getting it together. I started messing around with the map editing and things like that, and he started working on the server end of things. I’d done map editing and other things in Oblivion and a lot of the older Elder Scrolls games.”